When filling out your wardrobe, look to ethically made men’s clothing for pieces that will keep you cozy – both physically and karmically – for years to come.
Fall. My favorite time of year. It’s getting cold outside, the leaves are browning and falling off, and it’s time to start pulling out your coziest sweaters and layering pieces.
It’s also a great time to reassess your wardrobe. What essentials are you missing? What pieces are so threadbare they need recycling and replacing?
No matter what time of year you find yourself in need of new threads – it’s a great opportunity to start kitting out your wardrobe with fashion from sustainable and ethical men’s clothing brands. To replace fast fashion with pieces that will last the distance, and look good while doing so.
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What to look for in sustainable men’s clothing brands?
With so many seemingly interchangeable terms out there – sustainable, ethical, fair trade, and eco-friendly, to name a few – how’s a guy supposed to navigate what is actually conscious clothing and what is marketing lingo or greenwashing?
Don’t worry about the terminology too much; instead, look at a company’s production cycle. You can break down the sustainability of a product into three categories: what it’s made of, how it’s made, and who makes it.
- Ethically sourced men’s clothing is made from recycled or natural materials. These fibers are not made from a non-renewable resource and don’t contribute much carbon or waste to the environment. They also tend to be more durable—and keeping what you have for as long as possible is one of the easiest ways to live sustainably.
- Sustainable men’s clothing brands use manufacturing processes that use as few resources (water, electricity) as possible and that don’t pollute the surrounding environment.
- Fairtrade, ethically made men’s clothing is made in safe working conditions for a liveable wage.
These three pillars of material, process, and people will help you examine how ethically a clothing company operates. But don’t worry – we’ve done a lot of the work for you with this list of our favorite sustainable, ethical, and eco-friendly men’s clothing that will keep you cozy this year and beyond.
Top 15 Men’s Ethical Clothing Brands
Whatever the weather, choosing what to wear won’t be hard if you fill your wardrobe with sustainable pieces that are made with quality materials. Do good for the planet while looking good, with our pick of the best ethical men’s clothing brands.
Pact specializes in organic cotton, fair trade men’s clothing, from boxers to sweatsuits.
They produce well-cut, work-from-home essentials that redefine “business casual.”
You’ll want to live in their waffle-knit henley this fall. You can even pair it with the waffle jogger for the ultimate in ethical loungewear.
Our pick: Waffle Henley in Black
Everlane changed the environmentally responsible women’s clothing game with its line of minimalist, stylish essentials at an affordable price point.
They then upped the ante with a menswear line that relies on uniform-style basics to work as the foundation of your wardrobe.
They focus on constantly improving every aspect of their production process, from eliminating virgin plastic to encouraging all products be recycled.
Our pick: No-Sweat Sweater in Heathered Ash
Outerknown began in 2015 as a sustainable swim trunk company pioneered by surfer Kelly Slater. They’ve since expanded their vision to include a full line of men’s eco clothing, with a durable and ruggedly stylish line of jeans, work shirts, sweaters, and tees.
They’re committed to fair labor and renewable fibers, so you can feel good about investing in their insanely comfortable, best selling Blanket Shirt.
Our pick: Blanket Shirt in Juneau Plaid
Organic Basics is just that: quality, organic foundation pieces that are made with sustainability at the center of their design. They focus on low-impact fabrics and responsibly-run factories, so you can stock your underwear drawer with environmentally-friendly boxers, socks, and undershirts.
If it’s been a while since you had new undies, go ahead and stock up with one of their multipacks.
Our pick: Tencel Lite Tee in White
Brothers Mike and Alex Faherty are committed to making high quality, sustainable clothes and building their business to do better in every way.
Their sunny California style makes everyday feel like vacation, with a casual ease that will make you look decidedly cooler.
Our pick: Marled Cotton Cardigan in Light Gray Rag
Ably has solved the puzzle of sustainable activewear. They’ve brought innovative technology known as Filium® to natural materials, making them water-repellent and odor and stain resistant without sacrificing softness or introducing any pollutive microparticles.
Now there’s no reason to not buy natural fabrics. And with pieces like this denim jacket in the mix – they’ve got you sorted well beyond the gym floor.
Threads 4 Thought sources sustainable fabrics, works with top-rated ethical factories, and gives back by partnering with the International Rescue Committee to help refugee communities.
As if that wasn’t enough, their ethical men’s fashion is streetwear ready, with graphic hoodies, matching sweats, and sleek, sustainable sneakers.
Check out their ReActive range that is made entirely out of recycled materials.
Our pick: Boyd Printed Half-Zip Windbreaker
Prana is one of the original outdoor clothing companies, and they have been pushing the boundary of environmentally-friendly, sustainable men’s clothing since 1992.
They make some of the best sustainable activewear in the business, whether that’s for yoga, hiking, climbing, travel, or just watching a nature doc from the couch.
Our pick: Feener Jean
UK ethical mens clothing brand Thought uses natural, organic materials to craft basics with a twist.
Yes, they make an excellent white button-down, but they also play with pattern, cut, and color for pieces that feel unique and personalized.
Head to Thought for comfortable & eco-friendly men’s clothing that won’t break the bank.
Our pick: Cristian Hemp Grandpa Top
Asket is all about doing more with less. Their permanent collection consists of just 6 pieces (one of which is underwear). If you’ve ever considered a capsule wardrobe based on ethical mens fashion, this is the brand for you.
Their basics are simple, but incredibly well made. Your search for the perfect white tee ends here.
Our pick: The T-Shirt in White
United by Blue is on a mission to clean up the ocean. For every product purchased, a pound of trash is removed from our waterways.
Beyond being comfortable, fun-loving, and adventurous, their men’s collection is also sustainably sourced and ethically manufactured.
Our pick: Men’s Bison Puffer
Fine, small-farmed, Egyptian cotton is spun, woven, dyed, and sewn at responsibly-run, local Egyptian workhouses into the insanely soft, essential styles at Kotn.
This is minimalism with a twist – every style drapes luxuriously, the bright dyes of their polos and sweats add visual interest and personality, and each garment comes with a level of detailing and tailoring you would expect from an Italian designer.
Our pick: Essential Sweater in Coriander
A major activist for climate change and environmental causes, Patagonia uses mainly recycled or natural materials in their line of top-notch men’s outdoor clothing.
Every product has an impact breakdown in the description, so you can see exactly how and where each item is made.
They’re leading the pack in sustainable outerwear, so if you need a new heavy-duty coat this winter, you know where to look.
Our pick: Men’s Isthmus Parka in Navy Blue
Labo Mono’s fun, graphic, waterproof jackets are made completely from recycled plastic bottles (30 of them, actually).
With hidden pockets, breathable soft fibers, pit zips, and more, this PFC-free jacket is the only one you’ll ever need. Now to choose a color…
Our pick: The Urban Jacket in Balancing Blocks
Rapanui is building a circular supply chain by recycling old garments into new clothes.
Every piece is made to order, so no garment goes to waste, and when a customer is done with a Rapanui piece, they send it back (at no charge) to be turned into something new.
Their bright, canvas jackets are sure to put a smile on your face.
Our pick: Men’s Full Zip Jacket in Yellow
If you’re looking to fill some gaps in your cold weather wardrobe, check out some of these sustainable clothing brands for men. Not only will these products keep you cozy well beyond this season, you’ll be doing the environment (and garment workers everywhere) a favor too.
Did I miss one of your favorite men’s ethical clothing brands? Let me know in the comments!
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